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? and this morning i unwrapped a beautiful box of crippling scandal for the obama administration. first up, benghazi. how bad is it, folks? nation, you better sit down and buckle up because you should not be standing while watching tv in the car. now, everyone knows this was an unquestionable tragedy where four americans lost their lives in what we now know were vicious terrorist attacks. but listen to how obama callously described them the next day. >> no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation. >> stephen: what? acts of terror? they were terrorist attacks. am i the only one who feels this way? darell issa. >> an act of terror is different than terrorist attack. >> stephen: yes. they're totally different. you say potato, i say what do the po-tah-toe know and when did he know it? now the only people who have been talking about this story for the past seven months have been me and fox news. but from the rest of television and radio, silence. jim? >> across the mainstream media it was a collective yawn in response to yesterday's benghazi coverage. >> why are the media ignoring
obama's scandal condom. no matter how rough things get, nothing gets through. >> stephen: greg's right. the media is obama's scandal condom and no matter how rough fox news slams this story to the hilt, they still have real trouble infecting america with their news herpes. but acts of terror, terrorist attack, is that really the scandal here? no. that's just semantics. this is also about the words people used. let me set the stage, folks. this attack came two months before the election. and obama could not have an al qaeda attack on his watch when he's the one who personally strangled bin laden with one of his shoe laces. i believe that's what he claims. so talking points were generated by who knows that did not mention al qaeda. who scrubbed the memos? white house press secretary jay carney, dance for your supper. >> the white house and state department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of these two institutions were changing the word "consulate" to "diplomatic facility." >> stephen: wow. consulate to diplomatic facility. wow, t
very much. kimberly will be back later this hour. first, another week and another obama scandal. president obama took to the podium today to confront two pressing scandals threatening the very credibility of his administration. benghazi and the irs targeting the president's political enemies. on friday abc uncovered bombshell evidence that team obama was covering up evidence evidence -- information in the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans dead. the other problematic story is about the irs. we learned about an effort to target and even harass conservative groups for being conservative. let's start with benghazi and here is what the president claims he said about the attack. >> the day after it happened i acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. what i pledged to the american people was we would find out what happened, we would make sure it did not happen again and we would make sure we held accountable those who perpetrated this terrible crime. >> mr. president, you didn't call it terror from the get go. remember when you said this? we do. >> here is what ha
, arrogance, or simply imcompetence? the obama administration and the irs scandal. this is "special report". >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. what has easily been the longest week of barak obama's presidency ended up with a focus today on a subject every american can relate to, taxes. the question of whether the white house had anything to do with the irs targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny. we have fox team coverage tonight with all the obama scandals. wendell goler with the story of an irs official's new job coming after more of your money over obamacare. we begin with chief congressional correspondent and the man in the hot seat on capitol hill. good evening. >> good evening. after a week of intense heat on the irs, today the agency did not back down insisting there was not a bias against conservatives. >> i resigned because as the acting commissioner, what happens in the irs, whether i was personally involved or not, stops at my desk. so i should be held accountable for what happens. >> the outgoing acting commissioner explained his upcoming departure days after a
tongue and cheek, but are the obama scandals actually good for stocks? you know why? maybe nothing bad will happen in washington. we have seema mody and art last and speaking of all time high, the jackpot for the lottery power drawing is tomorrow night, it's creeping over the $600 million mark. we already know the winner, you heard right. we're going to know. we're going to tell you in just a few moments. don't forget, free market capitalism, not lottery tickets is the beth path to prosperity. i'm kudlow. we'll be right back. . >> all right. stocks are rallying a fourth straight week the dow closing up a big 121 points. the dow and s&p hit new high record. that's the dow's 21st record this year. by the way, consumer confidence also had a nice jump. let's bring in bti chief global strategist dan greenhouse, art last of last investments and cnbc's own seema mody. i want to start with you. this will sound tongue in cheek. it's a serious question, are the obama scandals good for stocks? >> they're trick for stocks, larry. i mean, we need a change in economic policy, there is no better chan
of obama's second term. throughout as many scandals as possible to prevent any meaningful legislation from having a chance of being passed. i think it is going to work, sam. >> i gotta say, i was saying this on my program at the beginning of the week and i've seen other people write it, if this prevents a grand bargain from happening if the president needs to turn toward his liberal base to protect him from these types of attacks and therefore he cannot afford -- he didn't have the good will to expend on getting something like the chain cpi, i'm for it. gridlock from a perspective of someone who wants to see progressive outcomes is, i guess, sort of the best we can hope for. >> john: it is a great point. many have talked about this during bill clinton's second term when he was talking about entitlement reform which is very nice way of saying have no more cat food, grandma. the fact that he was so mired in the lewinsky scandal during his second term made it impossible for him to do anything to make any kind of cuts in medicare. now we've seen this president essentially put medicare on the t
in the scandals that president obama wrestled this week. in a q & a session president obama said the white house and congress can fix the problems of the irs without the need of the special counsel and the tea party groups seeking tax exempt status. he was asked if anyone heard of thems before his counsel got word last month? >> i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press, to the press. >> republicans say they complained about the irs between 2010 and 2012. a day after firing the acting commissioner for irs stephen miller, they are attempting to rebuild the trust in the irs. >> we have to make sure it is doing its job scrupulously. >> president obama called for improved training and faster military response to protect the military outpost. >> we need congress to work with us so we can fully implement all of the recommendations. >> the republicans say in march, congress provided more than 2 billion more to address embassy security. the phone records, mr. obama shrugged it off. you can draw your own conclusions. >> the president said he
irs commissioner, that means that's a person in the obama administration. this is an obama scandal. this is an obama scandal. >> one sec. we're getting a bit confused about chronology. let's continue. nancy pelosi spoke to the republicans' incredible expanding scandal and its purposes. i'd like you to listen to this. >> they will use these as evasions of what the american people want us to do here. they want us to create jobs. now, if you're a pearty in congress and you have no intention of creating jobs, you will change the subject. so i think this is much about forcing their anti-government ideology. >> joy, your reaction to nancy pelosi. she says it's evasion and undermining. >> keep in mind today i think we had our 38th vote in the house on repealing obama care. >> we're coming to that very soon. >> we've seen what's happening, i think, in the house of representatives, is they're in a post-policy mode. it isn't about policy. it's about ginning up their base for 2014 and sort of taking all the conspiracy theories floating out there and giving them legs. giving the inine ining th
scandal is way beyond logic. >> it is an obama scandal because barack obama exists. >> and exists as president. >> exactly. and i think it is ironic that the people who most want to destroy government are now demanding that the obama administration prostrate themselves in front of the tea party who are one-third of the milk yanl milkant groups. there was a democrat told you cannot be a c-3. karl rove gets to be a charitable organization, whatever they're calling these. there were democratic organizations targeted, too. no one is asking the federal government to apologize before the democratic groups who were told no. the tea party groups were told yes. what i worry about is that the irs will become even more timid about policing this out of control situation where you have groups clearly 100% political getting a status that allows them to be effectively subsidized by taxpayers. >> joy reid, victoria, thank you. >>> ahead, we'll shift gears with a big surprise. from the suspect in the cleveland house of horrors. his lawyer is speaking out, saying he is not a monster. stay with us.
scandals you talk about. obama himself or the white house and the press. the press ignores claims from the tea party for three years that they were being targeted by the irs. the press gave obama a pass on benghazi for seven months, yeah, they get four pinocchios but seven months after the facts haven't changes. press is connected because they are outraged because they were targeted. that is only reason they are all united now. >> eric: it's interesting it's never president obama's fault. benghazi wasn't their fault. solyndra wasn't his fault. irs is not going to be his fault. >> bob: president of united states that they ordered it? >> eric: i'm suggesting that the president knew about all these things. >> bob: that is very serious allegation. >> it goes back to my point. he is unfit and incapable of managing and maybe inexperienced. >> eric: why would the irs purposely go after conservative groups. >> bob: i guess there were liberals in the organizatio >> eric: because they wanted the accolades of finding out information on conservatives. >> bob: i would need to suggest this is someth
. well, turning to the benghazi scandal that continues to plague the obama administration, of course, the "washington post" fact checker awarding four pinocchios to the president for calling benghazi an act of terrorism a day after the attack. joining us, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, fox news contributor, john bolten. it's like screaming "liar, liar," at least if you're the "washington post," your thoughts? >> it's a stunning conclusion by the fact checker, a good reporter. that press conference yesterday in a number of respects and benghazi was something i never saw before. you know, in connection with the talking points, either obama was briefed on this mountain of statements that he and others made after september the 11th, or if he was not, he is vonned by complete incompetence. if he was briefed and said we always knew it was terrorism, then that is a lie. there's no other way. lou: it is a -- it is an obvious contradiction what he said on the 12th of september, what then proceeded to transpire, the 15th and 16th of september leading up to rice's brazen story an
: political corruption, arrogance, or simply imcompetence? the obama administration and the irs scandal. this is "special report". >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. what has easily been the longest week of barak obama's presidency ended up with a focus today on a subject every american can relate to, taxes. the question of whether the white house had anything to do with the irs targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny. we have fox team coverage tonight with all the obama scandals. wendell goler with the story of an irs official's new job coming after more of your money over
. >> and the latest on the i.r.s. scandal taking the obama administration by storm. >> why officials are now questioning the woman in charge of the tax exempt division and her connection to the president's health care plan. we'll be right back. ight back. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is a reason to look twice. this is a stunning work of technology. the 2013 lexus es and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. >> back now with a tragic story out of new york where police continue to investigate the death of a college student killed during a home invasion. a junior at hofstra university was killed by a police officer as she was held in a headlock by an intruder at gunpoint. >> two women say officer richard took them to another location after leaving a party thursday night and forced them to do drugs and assaulted them while using a gun. the 27-year-old was hailed a hero back in 2007 and this is the picture you see here, shot in the face during a traffic stop but managed to catch the suspect. >> the f.b.i. officials in washington state are searching an apartment tha
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, paved the way for the agency to enter the debate as an obama scandal. the a.p. story was the moment the switch flipped, to a presidency in crisis. >> i don't see crisis with these singularities. i don't see it. unlike jonathan, i think the rest of the world is not scandal weary. which is why they are being lumped together. republicans have four and a half years of waiting. darrell issa has been sitting there for two and a half years. you get three things. i think the opposite is true of most, not just republicans, but many people in the media. i don't see singularity. i think if you pick these apart separately, what we're seeing in benghazi, is the c.i.a. always wants to come out and say terrorism. the state department always wants to be cautious. the administration got involved. if i were susan rice today, i would be even more furious than i was before. because it's very clear what she took the blame for. was receiving talking points, 12 hours before going on the sunday show. she had almost nothing to do with the creation of these talking points she may have overreached a little bi
, eric holder was grilled on capitol hill today on two of the scandals threatening the obama administration' the irs targeting obama's political opponents and the department of justice's snooping on a.p. reporters. we're going to start with the irs, the obama administration says the agency, what they did, was intolerable. and eric holder is promising to bring those responsible to justice. listen. >> as of friday of last week, i ordered that a criminal investigation be begun. the provisions that you have noted are ones that we are looking at, civil rights provisions, irs provisions, pachally the hatch act. to the extent that there are enforcement gaps that we find, we'll work with this committee to make sure what happened and was as outrageous as i've said and if we have to bring criminal actions so that that kind of action, that kind of activity does not happen again. >> well, that would be nice. speaking around the table, i wanted to ask you if it's time for a special prosecutor but also what do you think we'll hear from obama today? >> i do think it's starting to look that
they wanted to see. simply hammering president obama and democrats on scandals and saying let's impeach president obama. let's tie hillary clinton to this. national review is saying you guys need to have an actual policy agenda. >> let's talk more about that and the fact that as we are looking at what is going on in washington, d.c. started off hot with benghazi. we are ending the week hot on the irs. the president is not apologizing when it comes to the department of justice investigation. i want to play just a small part of what the president had to say. take a look. >> u.s. national security is dependent on those folks being able to operate with confidence that folks back home have their backs. so they are not just left out there high and dry. and potentially put in even more danger than they may already be. and so i make no apologies and i don't think the american people would expect me as commander in chief not to be concerned about information that might compromise their missions or might get them killed. >> making no apologies when it comes to security in special record to the a.
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that a sudden wave of scandals three of them rocked the obama administration all at once. >> the obama administration is under fire. >> president obama is fending off incoming fire. >> the dangerous narrative. >> plaguing the white house. >> hard to follow. >> he's drowning in it. >> so egregious. >> who is going to jail. >> in an impeachable offense. >> i've never seen anything like this in the past except in the nixon years. >> doesn't anyone remember the nixon administration. >> here's the catch. all of that white house scandal hysteria stems from a news report that was completely discredited in the middle of the week. it's probably isn't quite the story you've been hearing. it starts last friday not the friday yesterday but the one before that. that's when abc news trumpeted an exclusive story that purported to reveal emails proving the white house had meddled with the benghazi talking points last september, had altered them in a way that protected the state department. >> i have obtained 12 different versions of those talking points that shows they were dramatically edited by the
: laura in st. paul on the obama scandals. you need to use air quotes when you say that. hello, lawrence. >> caller: you know what? the thing about this, we don't actually -- we shouldn't actually believe this. saying obama is involved in the scandal is like saying jackie robinson is going to bet on baseball. do some illegal stuff in congress. barbara jordan, she's going to stand up at the democratic national convention and say hey y'all you white -- how you doing? that's not going to happen. >> stephanie: that would be redundant, white honkies. that would be awful. >> caller: it would be an oxymoron too. if that's the case, we know deep down republicans, this guy is not going to be involved in a scandal. there must be be sting else underlying. so what they're doing is trying to obstruct. now, the third problem is obama himself. i never heard in his years as president thus far he has never called out his enemies. we don't know -- we don't know who's obstructing. he needs to say by name, who is obstructing and who is doing doing this stupid stuff. >> stephanie: i think he has a couple of
. >> it is one of three scandals dogging the obama administration. they are trying to get to the bottom of the benghazi attack. and now house oversite chairman darril issa wants them to meet behind closed doors before he testifies. they are joining us. nissuing a subpeona. darril issa is hoping for more transparency and writing in part to thomas pickering, your refusal to allow staff to interview you is inconsistent with your tough and transparent. i hope you reconsider. ine before the subpona became public a member of the house voiced concern that politics may have provided a lapse in security. >> when i was on the ground i heard from the people in tripoli. they had to hire a mobile phone salesman to do security. >> the subpeona is a stark example of extreme republican overreach and the shameful politicalization of a tragedy. republicans remain focused on getting their hands on more information. suchs video surveillance and the gap and the white house talking points release. speaker john boehner is urging the administration to reveal all communication in the hours after the attack. uma
preside obama on any minute for the scandal of the irs just by dezhnev, it's the agency gave the liberal groups a pass and how much scrutiny was given too conservative toarty groups of this when the irs once more pow, emplees and a bigger budget. rich jensehas been following this story all week long and this is an extraordinary scandal that involves a white housend the president obviously he will want to contain this quickly. >> absolutely. this is not a briefing room statement it is happening in the st rooto get it of much more presidential feeling and st aft a meeting with secretary lew the internal revenue servicc is part of the treasury department and they say the esident called the meeting to discuss the next u for the irs of president has failed to outline much of a response other than describe for a tax-exempt status outrageous and unspecified consequences perhaps we will hear precisely what those consuences are we here for e acting commissioner miller to resign and the inspector general found out and failed to give congress a complete picture but t same report sayse director of e
be improvement to shift the focus from the obama administration. stay on the scandals. don't talk about real governing. suspect that going to be a scandal on the right? the idea of stay on the scandals? don't talk about real politics. >> probably not. because we have a winner take all form of politics where the president win and doesn't have to split things with the other side the political party will take advantage of weakness or anything else that looks bad. the realty is, we don't have a lot to really hurt the president. talking about the irs scandal, i think he handled it the right way. he thought it was absolutely wrong. he acted quickly. he got rid of the people at the top. your point is correct also. i know there are a lot o of people in an administration. presidents always don't know what everybody in every sergeant is doing. it's not a direct reflection on the president when somebody in an agency somewhere does something wrong. >> i'm going to push on this. because i'm wondering and particularly talk to me as an attorney. what has happened around the # 501 c4s and the irs question?
non- -- scandal. >> obama: we'll put in new leadership, make sure we gather up all of the facts, that we hold accountable those who have taken these outrageous actions. >> stephanie: when it happened it was the bush appointee that was in charge. and then there wasn't a new one because the republicans obstructed it. representative pelosi. >> those who engaged in this behavior were wrong and must be held accountable for their action. >> stephanie: travis might you send her a therabreath lozenge. >> she had a lozenge in her mouth while she was talking. >> stephanie: oh, dear. she needs to take a little nappy. >> i don't understand what they did wrong. they were going after people who were going after tax-exempt status who didn't deserve it. >> stephanie: and this argument that both sides do it -- 85% of the 501 c4 money went to respects, and this is what happens. remember after citizens united everyone was like oh, the unions -- no they do not. this is exactly what happened. there was an explosion of these tea party groups. >> it's right there in the name. tea
not involve team obama, the scandal at bloomberg where it may not just be reporters who accessed what should have been private client information from bloomberg terminal. here is my question. did anyone at bloomberg in their broker/dealer make money off this information? and if so, isn't that a serious financial crime? that story and much more coming up. girl vo: i'm pretty conservative. very logical thinker. (laughs) i'm telling you right now, the girl back at home would absolutely not have taken a zip line in the jungle. (screams) i'm really glad that girl stayed at home. vo: expedia helps 30 million travelers a month find what they're looking for. one traveler at a time. expedia. find yours. good afternoon. chase sapphire. (push button tone) this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire. why should saturday night have all the fun? get two times the points on dining in restaurants, with chase sapphire preferred. man: how did i get
bipartisan. daily news marcus tweeted, people looking for an obama scandal. this one spying on the a.p. is the first legit one. the question remains, who is to blame? according to jay carney. the white house had no knowledge of the doj's seizure of phone records, but house oversight chair darrell issa is having none of it. in a statement yesterday, he wrote americans should take notice that top obama administration officials, increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don't have to answer to anyone. but let us not forget when exactly the white house began to see itself as being above the law. buzz feed reports from 2007, darrell issa voted against a bill that would have protected media outlets from doj subpoenas. republican congressman lamar smith, who also voted against the bill, said at the time, the federal government defends our national security. so in the federal realm, we must weigh the benefits of a reported privilege with the problems it may cause for those who protect our country. this bill, that would have prevented all the terrible
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on the first amendment rights of the associated press. we begin with the brewing i.r. scandal president obama speaking moments ago after he met with senior treasury officials on the i.r.a. situation and confirming the personnel changes are of the way. >> we will hold the responsible parties countable and just today i directed secretary lew to follow-up on the ig audit to see how this happene and who is responsible to make sure we understand all the facts. today secretary lew took the first debt by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acti commissioner of the irs because given the cootroversy surrounding this audit is important to institute new leadership to help restore confidence calling for word. lou: a stunning turnaround in just 24 hours and it began with press secretary carney refusing to it meant th irs had done anything wrong. here is what he said yesterday. wait for the action of the independent investigator the inspector general before we can jump to conclusions about what happened whether there was a deliberate targeting of groups in appropriately and if that is the case
growing scandals rocking the obama administration. benghazi, the irs targeting conservatives and other groups, and now the justice department's seizure of phone records from the "associated press." so much going on, and while we still don't know all of the facts, what could the ultimate political fallout be for the white house? joe trippi is former campaign manager for howard dean, also a fox news contributor. so if you were advising this white house, joe, what would you tell them to do? >> jon, look they can't be happy that they are talking about -- that this is what they are spending all their time talking about this week. particularly the irs, and this new ap report, where they are getting, you know, bi-partisan support for looking into them. although, frankly, with the irs it's not clear to me at all that they could -- it really is an independent agency with only two political appointees from the obama administration in it, so i think we need to wait and see where these two -- where those two investigations go, because it's far too early with the internal revenue service and the ap
, the irs, the ap phone scandals. president obama is knee deep in three scandals that threaten his credibility. from the man who promised transparency, we sure don't seem to be getting very much. >> can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your counsel's office found out on april 22nd? >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press -- through the press. >> and it looks like attorney general eric holder is taking the cue from the boss. he was grilled on capitol hill yesterday about the ap and irs scandals and we sure did hear a lot of this. >> i don't know. i don't know what has happened in this matter. i don't know. i don't know. i assume he was, but i don't know. that i don't know. i don't know why that didn't happen. i don't know. that i'm not sure. we probably have to get back to you on an apes. i just don't know. i don't know whether or not -- what funds are being used or whether that letter would apply to that effort. i just don't k
another scandal rocking the obama administration this morning. shocking news the justice department secretly obtained two months of phone records from reporters and from editors that work for the associated press. >> this comes as the white house is already on the defense about benghazi and the terror attacks and the irs targeting a conservative group. kelly wright with the newest details on the benghazi investigation. but we start with anna kooiman and the government seizure of secret procedures. unprecedented violation of the freedom of the press. the justice department under fire as attorneys for the associated press say it secretly obtained records for 20 phone lines both work and personal. they scanned several bureaus the press gallery and house of representatives. more than 140 reporters work in the offices where the records were taken. >> they haven't told us what they were looking for or why we didn't get prior notice. this seems to be very broad and we don't really know what it's about. >> the white house saying it has no knowledge of the doj inquiry. jay carney said we hav
are on fire. folks, i hope you know, for obama watchdogs like me, the last week of scandals has been like christmas morning. ( laughter ) and speaking of christmas, why are all the presents wrapped? what are they trying to hide? ( laughter ) now, of course, obama has been in full damage control trying to wiggle out of this one, just like me wiggled up on the of serving in vietnam. ( laughter ) sorry, mr. president, you can't escape this time by claiming to be eight years old. ( laughter ) and it's not just obama, folks. yesterday, the president sent attorney general and congressional pinata eric holder into the sarlaac pit of capitol hill. >> attorney general eric holder was on the hot seat wednesday. pressed for answers by the house judiciary committee. >> eric holder is being grilled on a couple of scandals that are rocking the obama administration. >> the attorney general eric holder grilled by lawmakers. >> grilled by congress. >> getting peppered with questions. >> stephen: mmm, grilled and peppered. that explains why darrell issa was wearing that "kiss the cook" apron. now, holder
is really the story of the obama presidency. scandal talk is not budging it either way. will's research from brendan, political scientist at dartmouth that helps explain what is going on here. he analyzed 30 years of "washington post" stories and determined a formula for house scandals take hold. one factor is when a president takes a particularly low approval rating among the opposition party. something creates incentive for the opposition party leaders to seek out and push scandals. another factor is when there is a stretch of slow news days. yet, as that 51-42 approval score for obama suggests there may be a flip side to all of this. that even when the ingreedients for a scandal are in place for from the media standpoint, ingreedients are in place, when have you the -- as polarizing as this it is harder for a scandal, especially lay muslimsy one to resonate across partisan lines. i have to say we were thinking about doing the segment even before we saw the gallop numbers yesterday. think it had gone the other way. this would have been the latest, you know, i element of the scandal week an
, will scandal destroy obama's second term agenda? these scandals might be the best thing that ever happened to obama's central legislation priority for immigration. robert, i will begin with you and ask your response of someone who knows the house caucus very well. >> i think it is a good argument, well argued. >> that's very kind but don't hold back. >> i was on capitol hill today huddling with leadership sources and you're right, they are very much consumed with the irs, benghazi and ap. but the resistance to the gang of 8's bill that's coming out of the senate and resistance to the house bipartisan groups bill is still there. those who run the conservative flank, steve kings of house of republican congress, they will still try it kill this, chris. as much as there is a scandal distraction, there is still the resistance. >> were you surprised that the house gang of 8 came to terms today? was that something you were expecting or is that a turn of events. >> i think you are on to something, actually. i completely agree with you. i think this scandal is basically given the heritage foundatio
. >> are the republicans using the irs scandal to derail obama here? your thoughts? >> here's what the republicans are doing. what they're doing is basically implementing project "shield the facts that they have no agenda," operation "shield the fact that they have no agenda." look, we do need to take a look at the decisions thaerp made that were wholly inappropriate at the irs to treat organizations differently instead of equally. i mean, that is absolutely essential. that investigation should be done in a bipartisan way without a partisan agenda. but, of course, that isn't in the dna of this republican party or this republican leadership. and in fact, they are being driven by the these right-wing organizations. in fact, to actually set aside real legislation that we might have an opportunity to consider and debate, in place of focusing on investigations so that they can really try to trip up the obama administration. >> congresswoman, they are talking about the midterms already. they are talking about 2014 and taking over the senate and repealing and putting obama in a box. what about that? >> t
and not necessarily fans and tonight we expect president obama help us to understand and explain the scandal this looks like the president coming out right now to the podium. >> i just finished speaking with secretary lew and officials at the treasury departmenn to discuss the investigation into iras personnel of improperly explained my iras groups for tax-exempt status i will take questions tomorrow but today i wanted to get out to all of you some information about what we're doing about this and what we are doing from here i every views -- review the report and the misconduct is inexcusable. and americans have a right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this behavior in any agency especially the irs and with the power that has in their reach that it has and all of our lives and should not matter what political stripe you are from but the fact of the matter is the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. the government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust in that is especially true for the irs. here is what we will do. we
the white house is now drowning in a sea of scandals. >> obama's dangerous new narrative. >> scandal woes pile up. >> west wing schooled on scandal. >> d.c. turns on obama. >> these headlines refer to the trifecta of turmoil provoked by what happened in benghazi. a decision by the irs to selectively per sue right wing organizations, and the behavior of the department of justice which accessed telephone in your opinions used extensively by reporters at the associated press. all very serious. all raising important questions for the president and the administration. but as the white house comes under a hail of critical gunfire, one man has had the very best week in a very long time. you see, until recently, karl rove's advice, spending, and commentary amounted to this. >> do you believe that ohio has been settled? >> no, i don't. >> this is is democratic territory. and we're quite comfortable with the idea that obama has carried ohio. >> i'm just raising the question of our responsibility to call these things when it appears to ordinary americans that we are not leading the pack for the sake
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